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York County hires its first Chief Opportunity Officer

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October 22, 2020

The York County Commissioners have hired Joe Morales to be the county’s first Chief Opportunity

Officer. This position will be responsible for developing and maintaining a robust diversity, equity, and

inclusion program, as well as, enhancing the county’s training initiatives. Investing in and developing our

employees is critical to the effectiveness and strength of an organization, says President Commissioner


Morales, who lives in York County, believes his challenges with racial discrimination as a child make him

a solid fit for the position that the Commissioners created to promote diversity and inclusion.

Morales attended Millersville University in Lancaster County before working with Lancaster‐Lebanon

Intermediate Unit 13. He supervised the adult education program there and later worked with the

Lancaster Community Safety Coalition, a citizen‐operated network of security cameras around the City

of Lancaster.

When he learned York County was creating the Chief Opportunity Officer, Morales knew it was the kind

of work he wanted to do.

“It is right up my alley and is something I can do and enjoy and be challenged by,” Morales said of the

job. “Beneath all of that, it is about my lifelong desire to bring people together across race, nationality

and religion.”

While the Chief Opportunity Officer position had been conceptualized shortly after the Commissioners

came into office in January, the planning phase was delayed because of the COVID‐19 pandemic.

“Having been part of a multinational enterprise for over two decades, I have witnessed firsthand that

diversity in the workplace is an asset for both the organization and their employees,” York County

President Commissioner Julie Wheeler said. “A diverse workforce has the capacity to foster innovation,

creativity and empathy in ways that homogenous work environments seldom do.”

Morales began working for the county on Oct. 19.

Mark Walters, 717‐779‐6508

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